Scientists have found many odd-looking deep-sea creatures off the coast of Australia. The creatures live in total darkness four kilometres deep. The researchers took photos using a submarine that could manage the crushing pressure of being so deep. The difficult conditions mean it is a difficult place to explore. A researcher said: "Australia's deep-sea environment is larger in size than the mainland, and until now, almost nothing was known about life [there]. We're really excited about the discoveries that we've made and are thrilled that we can now share them."
The scientists are surprised at what they found. The team gave the creatures strange names. They discovered a red coffin fish, a cookie cutter shark, zombie worms, tripod fish and sea pigs. Some of these may be new species. Researchers are very interested in the coffin fish. It has blue eyes, red fins, and a unique method for catching prey. It uses a "fishing rod tipped with a fluffy bait on top of its head". The researchers also found, "highly concerning levels of rubbish" including, "debris from the days when steamships plied our waters". They said: "The seafloor has 200 years of rubbish on it."